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Great S'pore Sale spending up 10.5% at half time: MasterCard

MasterCard holders spent 10.5 per cent more money during the first half of the two-month-long Great Singapore Sale compared to a year ago, with restaurants and bars taking the biggest slice of spending.

SINGAPORE: MasterCard holders spent 10.5 per cent more money during the first half of the two-month-long Great Singapore Sale compared to a year ago, with restaurants and bars taking the biggest slice of spending.

The payments giant said on Sunday (July 13) that MasterCard holders charged US$881.5 million during the period from May 30 to June 29, with visitors from overseas accounting for US$254.9 million -- a rise of 5 per cent over the same period last year.

Singapore-based cardholders spent US$626.6 million during the first half of the Great Singapore Sale, which was a 13 per cent increase from a year ago.

MasterCard said visitors from Australia were the biggest spenders, followed by Malaysia, China, Japan and Indonesia.

This year's Great Singapore Sale ends July 27. 

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